HISTORY REVISITED Stephen Jones, who plays an Irish man who gets caught up in the war while trying to escape arrest.
The story of the Irish who fought in the American-Mexican War (1846-48) is retold by Stephen Jones and Awake & Sing Productions in the theatre production ‘100 More Like These’ in The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Tuesday, February 13, at 8pm.
During the three years of the American-Mexican War, some 3000 immigrant soldiers deserted the American Army. More than 500 of these – mainly Irish – joined the Mexican side, where, led by John Riley from Clifden, they fought as The San Patricio (St Patrick’s) Battalion. Although their sacrifice is often overlooked by history these days, huge numbers of Mexicans still hold the brave soldiers in high esteem.
Written by Larry O’Loughlin, adapted and performed by award-winning actor/playwright Stephen Jones (‘Red Rock’, ‘Love/Hate’, ‘Dublin Oldschool’, ‘Nowhere Fast’, ‘Maz and Bricks’, ‘From Eden’, ‘DruidMurphy’), the play tells the story of the San Patricio Battalion from the point of view of Thomas O’Byrne, who unwittingly finds himself caught up in the war while trying to escape arrest.
Through his innocent eyes we experience the full horror of these historic events and the terror that can come with trying to do the right thing. The play’s title is taken from a quote attributed to the Mexican leader, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna: “With a hundred more like these men of Riley’s, I could have won this war!”
To book tickets to ‘100 More Like These’ in The Linenhall Arts Centre on February 13 (€16/€14), contact 094 9023733 or visit www.thelinenhall.com.